France’s Simon Delestre put an end to the epic world ranking’s reign of Scott Brash (GBR) this month. Here’s what we know about show jumping’s new world number one.

1. Delestre was born into a family of horse lovers.

©Clément Bucco-Lechat / Wiki Commons

©Clément Bucco-Lechat / Wiki Commons

His father, Marcel Delestre, was the show jumping coach of the national junior and young rider team for 10 years. During his tenure, France collected 18 medals in the junior divisions at the European Championships. Marcel has trained his son all through his career and is credited for being Simon’s biggest influence.

2. Delestre was twice the European Pony Champion.

©Guillaume Levesque

©Guillaume Levesque

He won the title in 1994 and 1995 aboard his first pony love, Panama du Cassou HN. Delestre went on to win individual gold at the France Junior Championships in 1999 and team gold at the European Championship for Young Riders in 2000. His famous Arabian, Panama, died peacefully in 2012 at age 31, one hour after Delestre competed in the first individual final at the Olympic Games.

3. His motto is “harder, better, faster, stronger.”

©Stefano Grasso/LGCT

©Stefano Grasso/LGCT

JK. That’s Kanye West. Simon’s motto is “work hard.” It doesn’t have the same ring to it. But the sentiment is the same. Plus, his dad backed up his work ethic in this post: “He’s a great worker…Simon [is] always trying to evolve and do what is best. He is constantly improving his technique.”

4. He has as exactly zero hobbies.

Simon DELESTRE (FRA) by Eric Knoll

©Eric Knoll/FEI

“No time for that,” said Simon in an obscure Wikipedia footnote we could not verify, but decided to report anyway. [4]

5. Delestre’s rein broke on course at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

©Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans

This is not that moment. ©Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans/FEI

Mon dieu! The lead rider for France, Simon’s suffered a tack malfunction at the penultimate fence of the first round in the team competition. Clear up until that point, he received six faults. The French team came in 12th overall.

6. His ambition is to win an Olympic medal at the Rio Games this summer. 

Because obviously. He wouldn’t be world #1 if he wasn’t ambitious. Delestre and Napoli du Ry finished 19th in the individual jumping finals at the London Games.

7. But the Mediterranean Games is his jam.

This photo is not of the Mediterrean Games. ©Stefano Grasso/LGCT

Also not that moment. This photo is from the Longines Global Champions Tour, which is also pret-ty great.  ©Stefano Grasso/LGCT

Delestre’s best record is at the Mediterranean Games. To date, he’s won two gold medals and one silver, both as part of a team and individually.

8. He’s known for being ridiculously fast.

©Stefano Grasso/LGCT

©Stefano Grasso/LGCT

“Does he have a build-in clock?” asked World of Show Jumping in this 2011 interview. “No, I just like to go fast in everything I do,” laughed Delestre. “Whether it is on the horseback, on downhill skies or behind the wheel of my car…at least when I have my driver’s license!”

9. Sorry, ladies. He’s not on the market.

©Delestre Simon Page Officielle via Facebook

©Delestre Simon Page Officielle via Facebook

Delestre is a taken man. He shares a daughter, Louana, with his wife, Magali. They’re now technically the first family of show jumping. #FamilyMan